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12/19/14 12:07pm
Safeway in Alexandria, Virginia

With the Bradlee Safeway having re-opened recently, this Flashback Friday, we’re taking a look back at an older Safeway store in Alexandria, Virginia.

Like this week’s Throwback Thursday photo, here is a challenge to our readers: Can you tell us where the store was located? Feel free to click on the photo above for a larger view. You are really awesome if you know where these old photos are located.

12/19/14 11:54am


Here’s the latest Alexandria Virginia crime report. These are incidents reported by the Alexandria Police Department and published in the weekly Washington Post Alexandria/Arlington Extra.

REMINDER: You can track these crimes yourself using the new database. You can also view the crime map 24/7 through this link.


12/19/14 10:59am

We’re looking at the top 15 Holiday themed commercials of 2014 this year. What we’re looking for in the commercials is the message of spreading happiness during the holiday season. This one from Dick’s Sporting Goods is called ‘The Hoop’. This awesome Christmas ad shows the enduring meaning of a simple gift like a basketball hoop through the poignant story of a father and his daughter.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite commercial you have seen this year that we should feature? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 15 Holiday Commercials

12/19/14 10:19am

Via WMATA, whether you’re traveling to shopping, visiting family or friends, or heading out of town, Metro will make getting around a bit easier this holiday season with very limited track work affecting train schedules between now and Christmas. As such all 91 stations and all lines will be open and humming this weekend with NO track work scheduled.

And the people rejoiced!

12/19/14 10:02am
Open House signs in Alexandria, Virginia

There are dozens of homes for sale with open houses in Alexandria, Virginia scheduled for this weekend, December 20-21 2014. You can view them at this link. Rentals with open houses are at this link.

Looking for a home in the Alexandria, Virginia area? Click this link to see the area’s best homes for sale and for rent with our listings.

Got a home to sell or rent? Add it to our listings at this link and get a beautiful, well-organized listing that works across PC, tablet and mobile in minutes.


12/19/14 9:27am

Pilot Project to Improve Resiliency and Efficiency

alexandria logoThe City of Alexandria has been selected by the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative (CCI) for its second “Safe + Smart Cities” pilot program, which provides free services to help localities harden their resiliency and maximize their operational performance through the efficient use of technology. In particular, the program supports the City’s existing “safe and smart” goals of being a safe and secure community with an effective and well-managed government.

“The CCI pilot project in Alexandria will provide valuable information and unbiased recommendations that can help enhance our communities’ resilience, quality of life, and economic growth through technology and innovation,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Local officials echoed the Governor’s sentiment: “Alexandria is pleased and honored to be selected as a participant in CCI’s Pilot Program,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “We believe the benefits we will gain in collaboration and partnership with the consulting team will enable our city to enhance its sustainability, resilience, and commitment toward our future growth and success.”

CCI is a public-private collaborative founded in 2008 to support technological innovation. Its Safe + Smart Cities coalition comprises a group of world-class experts from technology industries, academia, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the law, and the financial sector. Through its pilot projects, the coalition provides pro-bono expertise and recommendations to selected municipalities in the mid-Atlantic region. Recommendations are intended to provide pragmatic and feasible options to help visionary urban communities achieve or exceed their “safe and smart” objectives while also increasing global competitiveness, sustaining regional economic growth, and improving the lives of residents.

The Alexandria pilot project will kick off with a collaborative discovery process to better understand the City’s technological maturity, particular risks and vulnerabilities, infrastructure status, and tools available to help implement the City’s goals. The process culminates in a collaborative workshop between the City and the coalition. Based on the workshop and additional research, the team will produce a Safe + Smart City “blueprint,” which will outline major recommendations for improving and integrating critical hard and soft infrastructure functions such as buildings, public safety, energy, transportation, water, wastewater, and information and communication technologies.

CCI’s Safe + Smart Cities Coalition includes the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the law firm of Holland & Knight; academic institutions such as Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland, and the University of Delaware; technology firms such as Cisco, Schneider Electric, AtHoc, Verint Systems, Inc., and Priority 5; the investment firm National Standard Finance; and federal and state government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The ultimate objective of this pilot project is to develop a tangible, actionable and comprehensive Safe + Smart Cities program to improve local governments’ routine and crisis operations; expand urban data analysis; create new linkages between community residents; expand participation in government; and model public-private collaboration.

For more information about the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative, visit this link.